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'Stock'-ing Stuffers

December 1, 2012

Income... maybe the best gift of all. If earning an income and protecting hard-earned money are a concern, fixed-income investments (bonds, preferred shares, convertible debentures, etc.) may be just the gift for you. Although interest rates are low, usually a bad omen for bond aficionados, good investments are still to be had in this asset class, says the investment advisory team of David Derwin and Joseph Alkana ... continue reading

Go with the (cash) flow

September 4, 2012

Global equities, emerging markets, precious metals — they’re all flavours of the day that have taken on a sour note in the last few years. Many investors also may be sensing a bitter taste for balanced strategies. Investors may find no refuge from the storm of market volatility in GICs and bonds either, given the historically low interest rates.... continue reading

Know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em, says apostle of seasonal investing.

May 19, 2012

Like many things in life, successful investing involves recognizing patterns and acting accordingly to turn a profit. Value investors look for overlooked and underpriced companies that have sound financial numbers... continue reading

Hedging strategies if you're selling in the U.S.

March 29, 2012

If you sell product to the U.S., as many Canadian businesses do and want to protect yourself, you are probably asking what to do if the loonie is worth more than a U.S. greenback, which is has been again recently....continue reading

Uncommon Opportunity: Lucrative rare-earth metal investment demystified

June 4, 2011

You may not have heard of rare-earth metals, but you're likely familiar with the technologies they make possible. Without them, your BlackBerry, iPhone, car, computer and just about any electronic gadget would not exist as they do today...continue reading

The Real Goods: Commodity investment not a simple endeavour

December 4, 2010 

As consumers, we all invest in some way in commodities. Be it gold, oil or soybeans, these are all items we buy and often use daily. Yet when it comes to buying these tangible assets as part of our investment portfolios, we often only own commodities indirectly...continue reading

Exercise your option: Think of this derivative as investment insurance

May 15, 2010

In the wild kingdom of investment, it seems derivatives are among the most fearsome of beasts. This species of finance, which includes credit default swaps and synthetic collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), is largely blamed for our Great Recession. But not all derivatives are necessarily risky and complex investments...continue reading

Hometown Heroes

January 16, 2010

Winnipeg investment adviser with Union Securities David Derwin says he began recommending San Gold when its share price was hovering at 30 cents about five years ago...continue reading

Survival Guide: Markets fail. You don't have to.

August 2009

We will present you with a few straightforward investment strategies that are essential to building a truly strong investment portfolio in up, down or sideways stock markets...continue reading


The Party's Over

December 2007/January 2008

We all know positions are not always marked-to-market, hedge books are not always hedged, proprietary black models don't always work, a AAA-rating is not really a AAA-rating, discount bids occur, greed overpowers fear, markets are not always efficient, and not all derivatives are benign...continue reading

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